<FARNSWORTH_VOICE>Good news, everyone!</FARNSWORTH_VOICE>
TL;DR : The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl
will be re-released on April 15th (with a new cover, better writing, and more jokes). And the first place you can get it is at StoryBundle.com, packaged with a bunch of other great indie sci-fi and fantasy books courtesy of #ImmerseOrDie
Now for the TL.The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl
survived +Jefferson Smith
treadmill last June. It was a happy moment for me, because, well, you know how insecure authors are. Having my own work validated by someone who I felt knew the craft, it felt like a bit of weight fell from my shoulders. JSmith published his review--my book was actually the first to pass the forty-minute goalpost--then I got a couple dozen sales, and I figured that would be the end of the matter.
I figured too soon.
Months later, Jeff contacted me out of the blue, said he was putting together a StoryBundle. "A what?" I asked the googles. Imagine the Humble Bundle for e-books, if that helps. If that doesn't help, imagine getting a basket of great ebooks for the low, low price of "whatever you want to pay," with some of your money going to charity. StoryBundle.com offers new baskets every few weeks for the discerning, price-conscious reader.
And Jeff wanted to add my book to the upcoming #ImmerseOrDie
To understand the company my book is in (and I have to say, it's good company) you have to understand #ImmerseOrDie
. Each morning, Jeff hops on his treadmill, with a new ebook loaded and ready to go. He starts walking, starts reading, and starts charging 'WTFs' whenever something about the book "breaks immersion" (that is, knocks him out of the story). Once the book gets its third WTF, the timer stops. He writes a report, telling a bit about the book and saying what knocked it off the Treadmill of Judgment.
But if he makes it to the end of his morning walk (40 minutes) and he's still eager to keep reading, he gets to write a "survivor" report instead. To see what the reports look like, check out mine: http://creativityhacker.ca/2014/06/26/the-improbable-rise-of-singularity-girl-by-bryce-anderson/
To be clear: Jeff did finish reading each of the books in the bundle to make sure their performance early on wasn't a fluke. They all kept his interest from start to finish.
Win or lose, all his reports are fair and thoughtful. As he started the project, I watched with increasing interest, especially after my own book survived. For perfectly narcissistic reasons, I wanted to know if he was any good at snagging good books out of the river of dreck that indie publishing often becomes. In my considered, honestly-not-biased-by-the-fact-that-I'm-about-to-make-some-money-here opinion, he is. When he says an indie book is good, I usually find myself agreeing.
But not always. I looked at the slate of books and found one glaring exception: The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl,
by Bryce Anderson. That's an exaggeration. I was proud of my book when it first came out, and I still think I was right to be. But when I started reading it again, this time keeping in mind that it was about to go out to perhaps thousands of readers, my inner critic went nuts. Hence the decision to do the second edition / re-release dance, which I'd previously promised myself I'd never do. I still feel the first edition was something to be proud of, and well worth my readers' time. But I'd basically written two books since then, and learned a lot along the way. I wanted Improbable Rise
to reflect my best work, and it no longer did.
Plus, +Nick James
was doing a brand new cover for me. The first cover, beautiful as it was, didn't really scream 'science fiction' the way it needed to. Between the new cover and the improved writing, I'm putting my best foot forward here.
On April 15th, once you're done filing your taxes, why not celebrate by relaxing with a nice book? Or eight? And if you want to help me succeed as an author, or support indie publishing, or just get some social media points from your friends for pointing them to some great indie books, then I'd be grateful if you help spread the word.
Thanks for reading.